Best Victorian Literary Criticism Books

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1. A Dangerous Fortune

Author: by Ken Follett
September 4, 2008

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Epic in its scale, A Dangerous Fortune tells of the dramatic highs and lows of the wealthy Pilaster family from the bestselling author of The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett. A Tragic Accident1866: at an exclusive school in Victorian England, a schoolboy drowns in a mysterious accident.

His death and its aftermath will have repercussions for decades to come … A Fierce RivalryThere on that fateful day were Hugh Pilaster and his older cousin Edward, heirs of a powerful banking dynasty with connections that reach from London to far-afield colonies.

A Lethal SecretThe cousins find themselves locked in a vicious competition for the top job at the bank. But the respectable veneer of the family, and even Victorian England itself, looks to shatter as the deadly event from their schooldays threatens everything the Pilasters have built.

2. Treasure Island (Signet Classics)

Author: by Robert Louis Stevenson
Signet (May 3, 2016)
240 pages

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Robert Louis Stevenson’s rousing seafaring classic. Fifteen men on a dead man’s chest Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum! For sheer storytelling delight and pure adventure, Treasure Island has never been surpassed. From young Jim Hawkins’s first encounter with the sinister beggar Pew to the climactic battle with the most memorable villain in literature, Long John Silver, this novel has fired readers’ imaginations for generations.

A rousing tale of treachery, greed, and daring, Treasure Island continues to enthrall readers of all ages. With an Introduction by Patrick Scott and an Afterword by Sara Levine

3. Alias Grace: A Novel

Author: by Margaret Atwood
June 8, 2011

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In Alias Grace, the bestselling author of The Handmaid’s Tale takes readers into the life of one of the most notorious women of the nineteenth centuryrecently adapted into a 6-part Netflix original mini-series by director Mary Harron and writer/actress Sarah Polley.

It’s 1843, and Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer and his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders.

An up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember.

What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories? Captivating and disturbing, Alias Grace showcases bestselling, Booker Prize-winning author Margaret Atwood at the peak of her powers.

4. The Brothers Karamazov: A Novel in Four Parts and an Epilogue

Author: by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Penguin Classics
960 pages

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s powerful meditation on faith, meaning and morality, The Brothers Karamazov is translated with an introduction and notes by David McDuff in Penguin Classics. When brutal landowner Fyodor Karamazov is murdered, the lives of his sons are changed irrevocably: Mitya, the sensualist, whose bitter rivalry with his father immediately places him under suspicion for parricide; Ivan, the intellectual, whose mental tortures drive him to breakdown; the spiritual Alyosha, who tries to heal the family’s rifts; and the shadowy figure of their bastard half-brother Smerdyakov.

As the ensuing investigation and trial reveal the true identity of the murderer, Dostoyevsky’s dark masterpiece evokes a world where the lines between innocence and corruption, good and evil, blur and everyone’s faith in humanity is tested. This powerful translation of The Brothers Karamazov features and introduction highlighting Dostoyevsky’s recurrent themes of guilt and salvation, with a new chronology and further reading.

5. How to Read Novels Like a Professor: A Jaunty Exploration of the World's Favorite Literary Form

Author: by Thomas C Foster
Harper Perennial
336 pages

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It’s an actual factUncle John is the most entertaining thing in the bathroom! Uncle John and his team of devoted researchers are back again with an all-new collection of weird news stories, odd historical events, dubious scientific theories, jaw-dropping lists, and more.

This entertaining 31st anniversary edition contains 512 pages of all-new articles that will appeal to readers everywhere. Pop culture, history, dumb crooks, and other actual and factual tidbits are packed onto every page of this book. Inside, you’ll find … Dogs and cats who ran for political officeThe bizarre method people in Victorian England used to resuscitate drowning victimsThe man who met his future peta stray dogwhile running across the Gobi DesertSearching for Planet Xthe last unknown planet in our solar systemTwantrumsstrange Twitter rants that had disastrous effectsThe true story of Boaty McBoatfaceAnd much more!

8. The House of Mirth (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century)

Author: by Edith Wharton

Penguin Classics
368 pages

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A black comedy of manners about vast wealth and a woman who can define herself only through the perceptions of others. The beautiful Lily Bart lives among the nouveaux riches of New York City people whose millions were made in railroads, shipping, land speculation and banking.

In this morally and aesthetically bankrupt world, Lily, age twenty-nine, seeks a husband who can satisfy her cravings for endless admiration and all the trappings of wealth. But her quest comes to a scandalous end when she is accused of being the mistress of a wealthy man.

Exiled from her familiar world of artificial conventions, Lily finds life impossible. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines.

Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

9. Sargent: The Masterworks

Author: by Stephanie L. Herdrich
Rizzoli Electa
224 pages

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A lush new volume devoted to the best works by beloved American Impressionist and portraitist John Singer Sargent, whose dazzling use of light and color depicts modern subjects with arresting intimacy. An ideal introduction to the painter’s work, Sargent: The Masterworks features 100 of his most beloved paintings.

Illustrating all aspects of his diverse oeuvreportraits, landscapes, mural commissionsin oil and watercolor, this handsome new book includes works from both private and public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s infamous Madame X.Author Stephanie L. Herdrich draws on a wealth of new research to provide both an essential overview and a more nuanced understanding of the great American painter.

Richly illustrated, the book’s three chapters cover the artist’s career from his childhood and early years in Paris, to his mid-career portraits made in England and United States, and his later years painting out of doors. An illustrated chronology contains fascinating details and archival imagery about the artist’s life.

10. Things in Jars: A Novel

Author: by Jess Kidd
February 4, 2020

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In this miraculous and thrilling (Diane Setterfield, #1 New York Times bestselling author) mystery for fans of The Essex Serpent and The Book of Speculation, Victorian London comes to life as an intrepid female sleuth wades through a murky world of collectors and criminals to recover a remarkable child.

Bridie Devineflame-haired, pipe-smoking detective extraordinaireis confronted with the most baffling puzzle yet: the kidnapping of Christabel Berwick, secret daughter of Sir Edmund Athelstan Berwick, and a peculiar child whose reputed supernatural powers have captured the unwanted attention of collectors in this age of discovery.

Winding her way through the sooty streets of Victorian London, Bridie won’t rest until she finds the young girl, even if it means unearthing secrets about her past that she’d rather keep buried. Luckily, her search is aided by an enchanting cast of characters, including a seven-foot-tall housemaid; a melancholic, tattoo-covered ghost; and an avuncular apothecary.

11. The Complete Poetry & Prose of William Blake

Author: by William Blake
990 pages

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Since its first publication in 1965, this edition has been widely hailed as the best available text of Blake’s poetry and prose. Now revised, if includes up-to-date work on variants, chronology of poems and critical commentary by Harold Bloom. An “Approved Edition” of the Center for Scholarly Editions of the Modern Language Association.

12. Biblia Reina Valera 1960 letra grande. Símil piel canela con cremallera / Spanish Holy Bible RVR 1960. Large Print, Brown Leathersoft, with Zipper (Spanish Edition)

Author: by Reina Valera Revisada 1960
1216 pages

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Biblia Reina Valera 1960 letra grande. Smil piel canela con cremallera / Spanish Holy Bible RVR 1960. Large Print, Brown Leathersoft, with Zipper Biblia de tamao y letra grande, smil piel canela, con cremallera. Incluye canto dorado, cinta marcadora y fotos a color de Tierra Santa.

Su encuadernacin de lujo, con pgina para dedicatoria, cinta marcadora y canto dorado, hacen que la Santa Biblia RVR 1960 sea ideal para el uso personal o para regalo. Con letra grande y las palabras de Cristo destacadas en rojo, la Biblia incluye la esencia de Tierra Santa con preciosas imgenes a todo color, que nos invitan a orar por el pueblo de Israel.

Esta elegante edicin conserva la belleza clsica y la elocuencia de la Reina Valera Revisada 1960. Liviana, prctica y resistente, su encuadernacin con cremallera la hace perfecta para acompaarte a todas partes, para la lectura diaria y el uso en la iglesia cada domingo.

El texto incluye: Letra grande de 12. 5 puntos, que facilita la lectura Concordancia en letra grande de 11 puntos Palabras de Cristo en rojo Encabezados visibles para encontrar fcilmente las referencias Ms de 10,000 referencias cruzadas Plan de salvacin 16 pginas con imgenes a todo color de Tierra Santa Cinco formas cristianas de apoyo a Israel Adems, esta edicin Reina Valera Revisada 1960 ofrece: Encuadernacin smil piel de color canela Encuadernacin con cremallera Resistente y durable Presentacin en funda de cartn protectora Pgina para dedicatoria Cinta marcadora Canto dorado Tamao: 6 x 9 pulgadas (15.2 cm x 22.

13. Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Author: by Ian Alteveer
Skira Rizzoli
288 pages

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The definitive monograph on contemporary African American painter Kerry James Marshall, accompanying a major traveling retrospective. This long-awaited volume celebrates the work of Kerry James Marshall, one of America’s greatest living painters. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been an inspired and imaginative chronicler of the African American experience.

Best known for large-scale interiors, landscapes, and portraits featuring powerful black figures, Marshall explores narratives of African American history from slave ships to the present and draws upon his deep knowledge of art history from the Renaissance to twentieth-century abstraction, as well as other sources such as the comic book and the muralist tradition.

With luscious color and brushstrokes and highly detailed patterning, his direct and intimate scenes of black middle-class life conjure a wide range of emotions, resulting in powerful paintings that confront the position of African Americans throughout American history. Richly illustrated, this monumental book features essays by noted curators as well as the artist, and more than 100 paintings from throughout the artist’s career arranged thematically by subject: history painting; beauty, as expressed through the nude, portraiture, and self-portraiture; landscape; religion; and the politics of black nationalism.

14. North and South (Penguin Classics)

Author: by Elizabeth Gaskell
Penguin Classics

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As relevant now as when it was first published, Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South skilfully weaves a compelling love story into a clash between the pursuit of profit and humanitarian ideals. This Penguin Classics edition is edited with an introduction by Patricia Ingham.

When her father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience, Margaret Hale is uprooted from her comfortable home in Hampshire to move with her family to the North of England. Initially repulsed by the ugliness of her new surroundings in the industrial town of Milton, Margaret becomes aware of the poverty and suffering of local mill workers and develops a passionate sense of social justice.

This is intensified by her tempestuous relationship with the mill-owner and self-made man John Thornton, as their fierce opposition over his treatment of his employees masks a deeper attraction. In North and South Gaskell skilfully fused individual feeling with social concern, and in Margaret Hale created one of the most original heroines of Victorian literature.

15. Stories of Anton Chekhov

Author: by Anton Chekhov
Modern Library

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Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, the highly acclaimed translators of War and Peace, Doctor Zhivago, and Anna Karenina, which was an Oprah Book Club pick and million-copy bestseller, bring their unmatched talents to The Selected Stories of Anton Chekhov, a collection of thirty of Chekhov’s best tales from the major periods of his creative life.

Considered the greatest short story writer, Anton Chekhov changed the genre itself with his spare, impressionistic depictions of Russian life and the human condition. From characteristically brief, evocative early pieces such as The Huntsman and the tour de force A Boring Story, to his best-known stories such as The Lady with the Little Dog and his own personal favorite, The Student, Chekhov’s short fiction possesses the transcendent power of art to awe and change the reader.

This monumental edition, expertly translated, is especially faithful to the meaning of Chekhov’s prose and the unique rhythms of his writing, giving readers an authentic sense of his style and a true understanding of his greatness.

16. The Curse of the Pharaohs (Amelia Peabody Book 2)

Author: by Elizabeth Peters
February 10, 2010

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Egyptologist Amelia Peabody, now a wife and mother, returns in another Victorian-era mystery-to catch a murderer at an excavation of an ancient tomb. It’s 1892, and Amelia and her now-husband Radcliffe Emerson have settled down in Victorian England after their escapade in Egypt.

They’re raising their young son Ramses and everything seems normal-until they are approached by a damsel in distress. Lady Baskerville’s husband, Sir Henry, has died after uncovering what may have been royal tomb in Luxor. Despite rumors of a curse haunting all those involved with the dig, Amelia and Radcliffe proceed to Egypt and realize that Sir Henry did not die a natural death.

Accidents continue to plague the dig, and talk of a pharaoh’s curse runs rampant among the group. Amelia begins to suspect that these accidents are caused by a sinister human, but who?